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The Baker Clause

Introduced as an amendment to the Technical and Further Education Act 2017, the Baker Clause stipulates that schools must allow colleges and training providers access to every student in years 8-13 to discuss non-academic routes that are available to them. It is that by doing so this will help address the UK’s productivity challenges and address skills shortages experienced across several sectors of the economy. This regulation has been enforced since January 2nd 2018.

The Department for Education’s statutory guidance for governing bodies, school leaders and school staff set out the expectations of schools which includes:

  • Every school must ensure that there is an opportunity for a range of education and training providers to access all pupils in year 8 to year 13 for the purpose of informing them about approved technical education qualifications or apprenticeships.
  • Every school must publish a policy statement setting out their arrangements for provider access and ensure that it is followed

At Ridgeway, careers education is not an ‘add on’ to education, it is a key component of everything that we do. Within subject areas, careers education is embedded into the curriculum allowing students to see different career options within the context of their lessons. All students receive at least one 1 to 1 careers guidance appointment from a level 6 qualified careers adviser. This helps everyone to explore a range of different pathways for success after Ridgeway. This is also done through PSHCE, as each year group have dedicated lessons to develop skills to prepare them for their future careers. We care about every individual being successful, not only while they are at Ridgeway but also long after they have left.

Please contact Miss J Powell for more information, at or by phoning the school.

Ridgeway Careers Strategy 21-22

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